The team at Crucial Insurance and Risk Advisors would like to give a tremendous thank you to both the National Insurance Brokers Association (NIBA) and our clients for helping us win both of the coveted 2021 NIBA Broker Awards for Queensland.
At Crucial Insurance, we have a unique approach to our brokerage and are incredibly grateful to our clients for trusting us all these years – we hope to continue ensuring your insurance needs are met well into the future.
Our Managing Director, Tony Venning, has won the Broker of the Year Award, and our Account Manager, Alishia Oliver, has won the Young Professional of the Year Award.
According to NIBA, The Broker of the Year Award, sponsored by QBE, goes to an individual broker who is deemed an inspirational role model for the broking community, who has demonstrated excellence in broking practice and client advocacy.
Elliot Hill – General Manager, Sales & Relationship Management, QBE Insurance said in NIBA’s winner announcement: “On behalf of the QBE team, I’d like to congratulate this year’s Queensland Broker of the Year Award winner, Tony Venning of Crucial Insurance and Risk Advisors. There is an abundance of talented brokers across the region, so being named a finalist and a winner, especially in this current environment, is a truly tremendous achievement.
“Tony has shown a strong commitment to providing excellent service to his customers and has established himself as a provider of technical excellence for his customers, teams, local community and the broader industry.”
The Young Professional Broker of the Year Award, sponsored by Vero, recognises the broking industry’s rising stars under the age of 35.
Peter Roberts, Vero’s State Distribution Manager, Queensland also said in the announcement, “Alishia has forged an impressive career working with a diverse range of clients ranging from ASX listed companies to SME clients. She is a talented young broker and has already built a reputation for high standards.
“Alishia represents the best of the broking profession, and Vero is delighted to provide ongoing support to all brokers like her across the country.”
As a winner, Alishia will attend a once-in-a-lifetime “Road to Cobargo” experience over four thrilling days in south-eastern NSW. Here, her leadership skills, resilience and ability to work as a team will be put to the test in a series of activities on the way to Cobargo. The Cobargo community was hit hard by the 2019 bushfires and 2021 floods – Alishia will have an opportunity to contribute to the rebuilding and regeneration activities in the area.
Both Tony and Alishia will then compete nationally for the Stephen Ball Memorial Award for Insurance Broker of the Year and Warren Tickle Memorial Award for Young Professional Broker of the Year. They will be among five regional winners competing for the winning awards.
The winner of the Stephen Ball Memorial Award is announced during the annual NIBA Convention and receives a professional development prize valued in the region of $20,000. The winner of the Warren Tickle Memorial Award receives a tailored personal and professional development experience to the approximate value of $10,000. Previous winners’ prize has included a trip to London to experience the international broking market.